Daily Archives: November 3, 2015

What is the role of academic training in bringing about change in the cultural resource management industry?

  This recent post on Succinct Research has made waves across the CRM world and, to a lesser degree, among academic archaeologists. It speaks to the current state of the cultural resource management industry and suggests we are at a tipping point. As the doldrums of the recession begin to fade and new projects are showing up, the post suggests that CRM needs to reinvent itself to be more dynamic, innovative, and diversified. At the core of the post is a suggestion that the CRM world needs to do more than run compliance projects if it is going to reach its full potential – it instead needs to promote its public value by contributing to local communities in an active manner. According to the post, there is a large public demand for authentic encounters with the past and a wealth of projects, partners, and opportunities left on the table by traditional CRM companies who doggedly focus on finding the next Phase I to keep their employees employed. Rather than curtailing our industry to compliance-driven research, CRM firms could branch out and provide new products and services to communities and other industries interested in benefiting from increased knowledge about the past. [Read More]